Best Hotel Pool (2018)


For many travelers, especially during these hot summer months, the quality of a pool can make or break a hotel stay. Book one of these 10 hotels, voted by 10Best readers as having the best hotel pools in the nation, and your stay is sure to be a memorable one.

  • Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

    Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

    The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu offers a family-friendly activity pool with all the bells and whistles: a waterslide, two large whirlpools and an interactive fountain area. But the real star at this Hawaiian resort is the heated oceanfront infinity pool – one of the longest in the U.S. – with its stunning views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
    Photo courtesy of Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

  • Tropicana Resort

    Tropicana Resort
    Atlantic City

    Guests at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City have four pools to choose from. An indoor pool in the South Tower allows for year round swimming, no matter the weather, while the North Tower outdoor pool is perfect for sunny days (it has its own sandy beach). The rooftop Cabana Five Bar & Pool Deck sits on the fifth floor of the Chelsea Tower and is the go-to for live entertainment, while the quieter Oasis Pool offers a family friendly swim experience.
    Photo courtesy of Tropicana Resort / Facebook

  • La Cantera Resort & Spa

    La Cantera Resort & Spa
    San Antonio

    This San Antonio resort boasts a total of five pools and numerous hot tubs. A family friendly resort pool includes a waterslide and poolside dining, while the adults-only infinity pool offers spectacular views over Texas Hill Country.
    Photo courtesy of La Cantera Resort & Spa

  • Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

    Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

    Ranked among the best pools in Florida, the Hilton Bonnet Creek pool features a zero-entry lagoon-style pool as well as a lazy river and waterslide. Guests can rent private poolside cabanas or head to the pool on Friday and Saturday evenings for dive-in movies.
    Photo courtesy of (c) 2018 Hilton

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

    If seven different pools aren't enough to earn the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island a spot on any pool-lover's bucket list, the King's Pond should certainly put this luxury Hawaiian resort over the edge. Carved out of natural lava rock, the pool fills with a mixture of fresh and sea water from subterranean passages, and inside live some 3,000 colorful tropical fish representing more than 75 species. Snorkeling equipment is included.
    Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

    Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

    The Four Seasons Resort Orlando has enough pool action that some guests might find it difficult to pull themselves away. The beach-entry Family Pool features 7,590-square-feet overlooking the lake with its own underwater sound system. Kids love the interactive fountains of the Splash Zone, as well as the Lazy River and two 242-foot water slides. There's also an adults-only pool outfitted with underwater audio and a Jacuzzi.
    Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / Four Seasons Resort Orlando

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Six separate pools create a giant outdoor playground in the Scottsdale desert for visitors of all ages. At the heart of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess pool complex, the 6,000-square-foot Sonoran Splash features two water slides, a zero entry pool deck and a sandbox play area, perfect for families with young children. New to the resort is the 7,000 square foot Sunset Beach pool with 9,000 square feet of sand.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Grand Wailea

    Grand Wailea
    Wailea, Hawaii

    A water slide, rapids, caves, a water elevator, rope swing, sand beach, swim-up bar ... there isn't much the pool complex at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui doesn't have. Besides the 25,700-total-square-foot Activity Pool, the multi-tiered pool area also offers an adults-only Hibiscus Pool finished with 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile and plenty of loungers and cabanas.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

    Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
    Koloa, Hawaii

    The pool areas at the Grand Hyatt Kauai are divided into multiple levels. Swimmers can glide down a 150-foot waterslide, play a game of water basketball, relax in an adults-only pool, float on a lava rock-lined lazy river or swim in a saltwater lagoon.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

  • Fontainebleau Miami Beach

    Fontainebleau Miami Beach

    Fontainebleau Miami Beach offers not just one but 11 pool experiences, including an adults-only Arkadia pool, iconic bowtie-shaped pool or a family poolscape filled with waterslides, splash pads and wading pools perfect for younger guests. During the summer months, the family pool hosts dive-in movies.
    Photo courtesy of Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Pool are as follows:

  1. Sheraton Waikiki Hotel - Honolulu
  2. Tropicana Resort - Atlantic City
  3. La Cantera Resort & Spa - San Antonio
  4. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek - Orlando
  5. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  6. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World - Orlando
  7. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - Scottsdale, Ariz.
  8. Grand Wailea - Wailea, Hawaii
  9. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Koloa, Hawaii
  10. Fontainebleau Miami Beach - Miami

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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